Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy – meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:6-8)
This was the Scripture from my devotional reading this morning. It is a very familar passage that I decided to share with a family member and then thought that the blog world might enjoy being reminded of some of it’s very meaningful thoughts. No matter where you are in your life journey, it is always good to be reminded! Here are just a few of my thoughts:
1.) God tells me to be anxious for nothing. I can’t be anxious for nothing, so what’s the point of being anxious? (There is not one! So stop worrying already!)
2.) In everything and for everything (good & bad) I am to pray with an attitude of thankfulness!
-If I am truly trusting God with my life, then whatever happens is a part of His plan and even though it may seem bad to me at the moment, ultimately God is going to use it for my good and blessing. I need to make sure that I keep a thankful attitude and spirit! (Easier said than done, but necessary!)
-With that spirit, I can bring my request to Him and know that He hears me and He will respond according to His awesome plan!
3.) When I get the thankful spirit right – I have the peace of God, which I can’t even begin to understand or explain!
-This peace guards my heart and mind from the attack of the enemy and the opinions and attitudes of others!
4.) My mind guarded and kept safe by the peace of God should meditate (think on) things that build up!
-The things that build up are:
-Things that are true, not that we think might be true!
-Things that are noble, not things that tear up and tear down!
-Things that are just, not opinions, ideas and worldly trash!
-Things that are pure, not unholy and unspiritual = a little poop in the brownie mix spoils the whole batch!
-Things that are lovely, not things that corrupt love and the good life!
-Things that are of good report, not false! (Focus on the positive and the negatives will be taken care of!)
-Things that are virtueous, not things that tear down, but things that build up!
-Things that are praise worthy, not things that take away from our blessing and God’s glory!
5.) The Devil and the world want to fill my mind with things that will tear me down and apart!
-If it tears down, is not true, unjust, mean spirited, takes me away from God and His purpose, distorts, makes ugly, is negative, bad for me and bad for others, then I need to make sure that I don’t waste my energy on giving it any attention!
-I will not let the devil or other negative people win! They cannot have me, my mind, my heart my spirit or my life.
-They lose, God wins and we are blessed!